Jonathan Feigen of the Houston Chronicle reports:
Rockets guard Aaron Brooks said after Sunday’s game he was told to expect to miss four to six weeks with a sprained left ankle he suffered at the end of the first half Saturday night in an overtime defeat at San Antonio.
The injury snapped his streak of 119 consecutive games played.
“I don’t think I ever had an ankle injury like this before,” Brooks said. “I did break my hand in college, sat out like eight weeks.
“As far as football, I never had any injury. Luckily, nothing is broken. It’s a sprain. I’ll be back to normal.”
UPDATE FROM THE ROCKETS: Rockets guard Aaron Brooks underwent further medical evaluation from the Rockets medical staff prior to last night’s game. It was determined that Brooks suffered a moderate to severe left ankle sprain on the last play of the first half of Saturday night’s game at San Antonio. Brooks is expected to miss a minimum of four weeks.
InsideHoops.com editor says: And the hits just keep coming for the struggling Rockets, who did finally win their first game of the season, recently beating the very beatable Minnesota Timberwolves. Anyway, watch and see if backup point guard Kyle Lowry is able to step up while Brooks is gone.
Jimmy Smith of the New Orleans Times-Picayune reports:
He’s on the periphery at present, on the outside looking in at the New Orleans Hornets’ historic 6-0 start.
Since last Wednesday night when New Orleans beat the Houston Rockets, veteran forward Peja Stojakovic has been on the inactive list, three games with no opportunity to contribute as the Hornets sprinted out to an unbeaten start and became relevant once again in the NBA.
They are the surprise team in the league at the outset, fueled by a young, athletic, defensive-minded group that has left a one-dimensional offensive threat a spectator, earning about $183,000 per game for cheering on his teammates.
Stojakovic, at one time one of the most feared scorers in the NBA, finds his career at a crossroads.
He is 33 years old, surrounded by teammates who are younger, more adept at running the floor and more skilled at providing the kind of defense first-year Coach Monty Williams demands of his rotation, leaving Stojakovic now wondering if his time in New Orleans is drawing to a close.
“It’s obvious I’m not in the plans,” Stojakovic said. “I’m not looking long term. I’m looking at this year. I’m real about it. It’s just moving on with our career and lives.”